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Pleasure

  • Mary A. McCloskey
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Abstract

Kant, as we have seen, believes that taking pleasure in something is an indispensable aspect of making a judgement concerning that thing’s aesthetic worth. It was argued in Chapter 2 that Kant’s belief is only vulnerable to criticisms such as those of Collingwood and Goodman if Kant is assumed to share their philosophical conceptions about what is involved in taking pleasure in something. It was stated without argument or ramification that Kant does not share such a conception, but, on the contrary, makes use of a very different one. The time has come to examine the evidence for that claim and to extract Kant’s account of pleasure.

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Notes and References

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    John T. Goldthwait (translator), Kant’s Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and the Sublime (Berkeley, Los Angeles, London, 1960) p. 46; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 2, p. 208, lines 10–24.Google Scholar
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    Goldthwait, Observations, p. 47; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 2, p. 209, line 7.Google Scholar
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    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, pp. 44–5; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §3, p. 205, line 25-p. 207, line 12.Google Scholar
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    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p.44; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §3, p. 206, lines 4–13.Google Scholar
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    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 45; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §3, p. 206. lines 31–6.Google Scholar
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    James Ellington (translator), Kant’s The Metaphysical Principles of Virtue (Indianapolis, New York, 1964) pp. 9–10; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 6, p. 211, line 19-p. 212, line 1.Google Scholar
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    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 41; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §1, p. 203, lines 9–12.Google Scholar
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    A. D. Lindsay, Kant (London, 1934) p. 234.Google Scholar
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    Meredith, Aesthetic Judgement, p. 49; Kant’s gesammelte Schriften, vol. 5, §5, p. 209, line 29-p. 210, line 2.Google Scholar

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